Protesters set fire to a police station and the agents were forced to abandon him. It all happened shortly after 10 p.m. local time CNN he explains that the agents had erected a fence around the police station storming by thousands of demonstrators who shot her down. However, some demonstrators managed to climb and set fire inside the offices. The police station was thus evacuated “in the interest of the personnel safety“. The scene was immortalized in a video where protesters are seen entering the building, while fire alarms sound.
In the urban guerrilla war, printing also ended. While covering the clashes live, the correspondent of the CNN Jimenez was arrested – then released – along with his crew. It all started while they were filming an arrest in an area not far from the police station set on fire in the past few hours.
In the images of the detention issued by CNN Jimenez asks: “Why am I under arrest?”. The operator continues to shoot and the reporter is handcuffed. The camera they worked with is seized, but remains on and from the ground, before being picked up, it continues to record. There CNN he spoke of “a violation of the first amendment”, and an apology immediately came from the governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, who called the arrest “unacceptable”.
Violent episodes occurred throughout the city, with devastated shopping centers, burning cars, tear-flooded streets, suspended public transport connections, so much so that Mayor Jacob Frey said local state of emergency 72 hours, asking the state for help to restore “order and calm”. “IS unacceptable what we have seen in the past few hours and the past two nights in terms of looting, ”said Frey. “Our communities – he added – cannot tolerate it and will not tolerate it”.
The president lashed out against him Donald Trump who in a tweet denounced the “Total lack of leadership”Of the mayor, calling him“ very weak. “I can’t stand here and watch what’s going on in a big American city, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak far-left mayor Jacob Frey gets going, or I’ll send the National Guard to do the work it needs. These hooligans are dishonoring the memory of Goerge Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. I just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the armed forces are totally with him. If there are difficulties, we will take control, but when the looting starts, you start shooting. Thank you! “, Wrote the US president in a tweet that ended up in the crosshair of Twitter that reported it explaining that it violates the rules of the platform. “This tweet violated Twitter’s rules on exaltation of violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public interest that the tweet remains accessible, “reads a statement from the company founded by Jack Dorsey.
Mayor Frey replied to Trump: “Weakness is refusing to take on the responsibility for their actions – he said during a press conference – Weakness is to point the finger at someone else in a moment of crisis “. Then he urged: “Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis.” “We are strong to die for,” said the mayor, admitting that “it is a difficult time“, But – he added in the declarations reported by the CNN -” we will make it “.
On Thursday the Minneapolis police chief had “apologized in the most absolute way for the punishment, devastation and trauma that Floyd’s death caused to his family and loved ones” but this did not help to appease the tensions, indeed. Demonstrations of anger broke out in various cities in the United States, including New York, Oakland and Denver. Procession and sit in also in Chicago and San Francisco. In particular a New York, the police said they had arrested more than 40 people among the participants in the protests. According to CNN reports, the allegations go from hindering the government administration to illegal possession of weapons, explained a police officer to the issuer, citing a woman armed with a knife in Union Square. The same source reported that a protester was arrested after trying to pull a policeman’s gun out of his holster.
Tensions also occurred in Louiseville, in the Kentucky, where violent protests erupted in the night to remember the killing of a 26-year-old African American woman who died on March 13 during a raid by the anti-narcotic police team in her home in search of drugs. Seven people were injured by gunshots, including one severely, and the police have made it clear that no agents were involved in the shooting. “Without justice there is no peace, try the police,” the slogan marked by the demonstrators.
Protests erupted on Tuesday, a day after Floyd’s death, who is begged in a video as Agent Derek Chauvin presses his knee against him. As the minutes pass, Floyd slowly stops talking and moving. The governor of Minnesotto Tim Walz activated the National Guard at the request of the mayor of Minneapolis, but it was not immediately clear when and where the Guard will be deployed: however, the activation of over 500 men in the metropolitan area has taken place.